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Center for Austrian Studies Presents

Who Wants to Look at Naked Old Ladies? Maria Lassnig – Austrian Avantgarde Feminist Painter

10/26/18, 1:00 PM

About this event

A lecture by Natalie Lettner, Art Historian at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Maria Lassnig’s life was the story of untiring efforts to empower herself as an artist in a male-dominated art-world. Every decade she reinvented herself. Born in 1919 in the most rural part of Austria as an illegitimate child, she studied art during the Nazi period in Vienna, lived in Paris in the 1960s, and was active as a feminist in New York in the 1970s. In 1980, she became the German-speaking world’s first female professor of painting. “Body awareness” was her unique artistic approach long before body art became a staple of contemporary art. With her high sensitivity and her particular sense of humor she explored her own body in numerous extraordinary self-portraits, animation films and drawings. Maria Lassnig loathed being labeled a “Grande Dame of Art”. Indeed, her art as a nonagenarian was as fresh, innovative, and surprising as the work of any young artist. In 2008 the British newspaper, The Observer, called her “the discovery of the century”.

Sponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, the Department of Art History, and the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic and Dutch
Event Location
  • Social Sciences, room 710
  • 267 19th Avenue S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA